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Antisocial Personality Disorder

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[noun] a mental health condition in which someone has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating others' rights. Behavior is often criminal. Antisocial Personality
Disorder Let's look at a few examples of... ASPD Summary The Joker speaks to Harvey Dent at Gotham General Hospital. The Dark Knight (2008) The Joker Class 8 in FiLM DEFINED: Mainly unknown.
Chemical imbalances in specific areas of brain are a possible cause.
Believed to be a combination of genetic & environmental factors Causes Disregard for right/wrong
Pathological liar
Exploitation and manipulation of others for personal gain or pleasure
Violates others' rights using intimidiation & dishonesty
Intense egocentrism
Problems with the law
Hostility, aggression, impulsiveness, violence
Lack of empathy for others
Poor or abusive relationships Symptoms Medication
Family therapy
Difficult to treat b/c there are multiple issues to address, such as:
Depression and/or anxiety
Severity of symptoms Treatments -Some people have genes that make them vulnerable to ASPD.
-Events (ex: abuse) trigger its development. ASPD has 2 subgroups
Sociopathy- characterized by superficial charm, narcissism, lack of empathy
Psychopathy- shares symptoms of sociopathy + aggressive, predatory behavior
People w/ ASPD are not necessarily violent or psychotic ASPD De-Mystified! Girl, Interrupted (1999) Lisa Rowe Sherlock BBC (2010) Jim Moriarty He has killed Harvey's love interest, Rachel Dawes, and disfigured Harvey's face. The Joker explains that he is an "agent of chaos" to Harvey. -He does not make plans, and cannot be responsible for Rachel's death. He dares Harvey to shoot him and turn to chaos. -In doing so, he turns Harvey against society and its "schemers." Daisy Randone, a patient, has just been released from McLean mental institute. Lisa Rowe, a diagnosed sociopath, explains to Daisy that she did not get out because she got better. -Instead, Daisy has been released b/c of her father's influence. Summary Summary -Lisa tells this to Daisy very bluntly -She makes several comments directed towards Daisy's bulimia, OCD, and sexual abuse as a child. Summary In this scene, Jim Moriarty meets w/ Sherlock. Moriarty explains how the jury found him "not guilty." He also explains how the computer code provides him w/ unlimited power. Moriarty tells Sherlock all of this is to solve their "final" problem. -He owes Sherlock a "fall." -He doesn't need money or power, which confuses Sherlock. (ASPD) Analysis Throughout the movie, the Joker shows signs of ASPD. So which film
portrayed ASPD
the best? Jim Moriarty because... He portrays someone w/ ASPD, specifically a sociopath, as very intelligent.
While he matches the criminal stereotype of people w/ ASPD, he does not stand out.
He is able to blend into society b/c of: Analysis Like the Joker, Moriarty is a criminal mastermind w/ symptoms of ASPD. Thanks! He repeatedly manipulates and exploits others. -Views himself as an 'agent of chaos,' not directly responsible for destruction. Lives are expendable to him. He shows no remorse or empathy. -He creates a "social experiment" to see if passengers on 2 ferries (each loaded w/ explosives) will blow the other up. -In the beginning, bank robbers aiding the Joker kill one another off and he escapes w/ the money. He partakes in dangerous behaviors. -In this scene, Harvey's coin toss determines the Joker's fate. As a criminal mastermind, he has trouble with the law. Analysis As a diagnosed sociopath, Lisa shows symptoms of ASPD. -In this scene, Lisa's words lead to Daisy's suicide. She shows no regret, even taking money from Daisy's wallet afterward. She demonstrates intense exhibitionism. She shows no remorse or empathy. -In the film, she challenges a new patient's claims of being a junkie. She partakes in unnecessary, dangerous behaviors. -Sexual promiscuity, previous drug abuse She is violent and reckless. She has no disregard for right/wrong. -She speaks w/o a filter and justifies her actions by saying she is "crazy." -She often attacks the institute's staff to intimidate them. He has no disregard for right/wrong. He exploits/manipulates others for his own enjoyment. He has an intense sense of superiority. -Naturally has issues w/ the law. -He frees prisoners, breaks into banks, and steals crown jewels b/c he can. -In this scene, he says he enjoys watching people squabble rather than power itself. -Believes he is all-powerful and untouchable b/c of his code. He shows no empathy or remorse. -He threatens his jurors' w/o guilt. He is very impulsive and aggressive. -In a previous episode, he almost kills Sherlock and John on a whim. -his charm
-ability to understand emotions (even if he doesn't experience them)
-careful planning While the Joker and Lisa also have symptoms of ASPD, their portrayals are more overt. -Their appearances and portrayals match the expected 'crazy' image of someone w/ ASPD. VS References
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